The Effects Of Drinking And Driving On The United States Essay

1093 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Many individuals engage in drinking alcohol in the United States. Often times this drinking is followed up by driving to various destinations. Drinking and driving is an epidemic that affects not only the drunk driver, but the lives of individuals that are lost due to car accidents, as well as their families. Although drinking and driving causes such devastation, individuals continue to engage in drinking and driving every day; therefore interventions and deterrents must be implemented in an effort to prevent individuals from drinking and driving.
Drinking and driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit that the law defines as being safe. In the United States drinking and driving has impacted over 56,543 individuals (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, 1999). Every 33 minutes someone is involved in an alcohol related crash (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, 1999). Studies also indicate that every 140 miles traveled in the United States is driven by someone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher (NHTSA, 2005). Each state varies in the laws that are established in an effort to prevent individuals from engaging in drinking and driving. Do the laws deter individuals from engaging in this criminal activity? Based on the data indicating the number of individuals engaging in drinking and driving whether or not these laws are effective remains questionable.
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